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It was such a beautiful day for baseball when the Cubs and White Sox renewed their rivalry today at Wrigley Field that nobody seemed to be able to get into a bad or competitive mood, at least before the game.

Fraternization reigned supreme. With the wind wafting out during batting practice, the Cubs’ light-hitting Reed Johnson clubbed one to the last row of the left-field bleachers.

“Ah, Reed, do it!” called out Sox outfielder Alex Rios, a former teammate of Johnson’s on the Toronto Blue Jays.

“That’s my game, baby,” Johnson called back as he began trotting around the bases after his turn in the batting cage.